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Locksmithing/Mosler safe model B-488 I have the original bill of sale


& sales Brochure for this it cost 532.00 7 30 1974 So you know I'm not a burglar. I took the door off before moving it from our biz to our home when we retired,But I must have been a little to rough on it in moving. So to get under it I laid down some 2 X 4 s & flopped it over, & now after using this safe the combination no longer works. I'm not wanting to sell it I just want to use it, I paid the tow truck guy 100 bucks to haul it home for me, boo-hoo poor me Can you help me ?  I took the safe door to the locksmith here & I think he said it needs a special key to get inside the locking device to try & fix it.


I'm not sure why you would assume that I would think you are a burglar, as I hear similar stories very often.   

First off though, I would NEVER recommend using a locksmith for safe work as they generally do not have the training, knowledge or tools to work on safes.   You need a safe technician from a local safe company.

Second, I have no idea WHAT problem you are trying to describe.    While the lock on the safe may need a special tool to reset or change the combination, I have no idea what special key he is indicating that you need to get INSIDE the locking device????

Without photos so that we are both talking about the same item, I don't think I can be much help here, other than to recommend a local safe company.

I'm not sure where in Missouri you are located, but I do have a couple good companies that I would recommend.

As far as safe technicians available in your area, my first recommendation would be:

Frank Zykam Safe & Vault, LLC
St. Charles, MO  63301          (next door to St. Louis, MO)

you can also try Ray Hearn, but my understanding is that he may be retired now

Hearn Safe & Vault
607 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Give one or both of them a call to see if they can assist you.    If they aren't really close, they may know of someone closer to you.    If you are able to bring the safe door into their shop, the cost would obviously be much cheaper than a field trip.

Hope this helps,


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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